I said this last week and I’ve heard it from many people around the state. We need to bring people together in the Republican party.
Taking sides and endorsing a challenger over an incumbent isn?t the way to do that no matter how nice of a guy Val Rausch is.
Getting involved in the District 4 legislative primary and going against incumbent Senator Tim Begalka was a bad move by the Daugaard administration. By all accounts Begalka is a very nice man. He might be of a slightly different mindset than some other legislators, but he never took the Lora Hubbel route in going after the Governor.
I have always liked both Rausch and Begalka. And I am in agreement with those who are tired of hearing Val Rausch’s good name slandered by fringe members of the legislature.
But this is what happens when we extend fists instead of open hands against an incumbent member of the legislature:
House Speaker Val Rausch of Big Stone City failed in his bid to move to the Senate. Sen. Tim Begalka of Clear Lake won that contest with more than two-thirds of the vote.
Begalka said voters resented the governor’s interference in the legislative primary.
“His meddling in the race, I think it kind of backfired,” Begalka said…
“I think it is time for Val to pack up his bags and go home because he has outlived his value in Pierre. The power went to his head,” Begalka said.
What was accomplished by the Governor and his staff getting involved in this race? Clearly they didn’t help their cause. You want to know the kind of person Begalka was through this race? Take for example this article when Lora Hubbel appeared to be doing her best to make facts up about Val Rausch’s pro-life voting record.
Lora, Thanks for the support, but to set the record straight my opponent is not pro-abortion,but his gun votes are inconsistent. – Tim Begalka
How often do you see that in politics?
In our party we have libertarians, conservatives and moderates, kooks, and angry kooks. It’s time to extend the olive branch to those who are reasonable, and I hope Begalka hasn’t been pushed into finding refuge in the arms of the Hubbel/Howie wing of the party. I’ll leave it for you to determine which label applies.
Where it all began with the endorsement:
Begalka said he’s “disappointed” Daugaard endorsed his opponent but won’t hold grudges…”I’m not going to change my opinion or my stance on anything,” Begalka said. “I’m not going to hold a grudge, and I hope nobody does either.”
We will find out if the world operates the way Venhuizen said it would after the endorsement.
“We have a primary on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning we all wake up and we’re all Republicans and we’re all on the same team.” – Venhuizen
I wonder how smoothly the gears are notching together today for Venhuizen?